Mechanics

The Mechanics element of the AS-Level in Mathematics consists of the following topic areas:
Quantities & Units in Mechanics, Kinematics and Forces & Newton’s Laws. In addition to these topics, the A-Level in Mathematics also covers Moments.

Quantities & Units in AS-Level Maths:

• understand the units of length, time, mass, velocity, acceleration, force, weight

Kinematics in AS-Level Maths:

• understand position, displacement, distance, velocity, speed and acceleration
• understand and interpret graphs for motion on a straight line
• understand, use and derive the SUVAT equations
• use calculus in kinematics for motion on a straight line

Kinematics in A-Level Maths:

In addition to the above (including extension to two dimensions in some areas):

• projectile motion under gravity

Forces & Newton’s Laws in AS-Level Maths:

• normal reaction, tension, thrust or compression, resistance and Newton’s first law
• Newton’s second law for motion on a straight line
• using weight under gravity
• Newton’s third law, forces in equilibrium, pulleys & connected particles

Forces & Newton’s Laws in A-Level Maths:

In addition to the above (where resolution in two dimensions is also required) the following topics are covered:

• resultant forces and dynamics
• friction

Moments in AS-Level Maths:

• Not covered in AS-Level Maths